Porthtowan is a sandy beach in west Cornwall which at low tide stretches to around a mile and a half in length. The beach, which is north west-facing and backed by impressive cliffs, is a popular surfing venue and a fine family beach. Porthtowan is a 2011 Blue Flag beach.
Porthtowan is part of the St Agnes designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Chapel Porth Beach is only a few hundred yards north of Porthtowan and can be reached on foot along the beach at low tide, or via the South West Coast Path at high tide. Fine cliff top walks can be enjoyed along the coast path; head east to St Agnes or west to Portreath.
Holiday cottages in Porthtowan provide self catering accommodation to Cornwall holiday makers. More self catering accommodation is available nearby in St Agnes (3 miles from Porthtowan by road), Truro (11 miles) and Hayle (13 miles) holiday cottages.
A large car park is situated by the beach, from where the beach can easily be accessed. Disabled access is provided. Facilities by the beach include cafés, beach shop, surf shop, watersports equipment hire and toilets. Lifeguards are present on the beach during peak seasons. Dogs are not permitted on the beach from Easter to October.